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Born: 1750

Joseph Rakestraw was a master builder listed as an early member of The Carpenters' Company in 1786, but no Company records prior to the 1760s survive to confirm that claim. He married Elizabeth Fox, the sister of Joseph Fox and granddaughter of Joseph Yard, by which he had a son Joseph Rakestraw who also became a member of The Company, as did his nephew by the same name. Together with John Nicholas, Rakestraw measured a new stone bridge erected over Pennypack Creek in 1741.

Written by Roger W. Moss.

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  • Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia

 

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